You can use the whole herb to make an infusion, but you will have to go by weight per dosage because you can't measure it otherwise. Trav has done this.
We used the ground herb for infusion and you can measure this by the tsp. If you want you can grind your whole leaves.
For both, weigh or measure the amount you want and add to boiled water. Cover and let cool (the cooling process extracts more components than would drinking it hot) and drink.
As PeteZa says, you can also put the ground herbs in a capsule, but you will get tired to taking capsules very shortly.
The infusion doesn't taste too bad. It won't make you gag like I find BioSil does (Yuck!). Don't sip, just chug it back.
I make our infusions by adding 1 tsp dried herb to 1/2 cup boiled water. Cover and let sit until cool (I make it at night and let it cool in the fridge). Because we are only dosing 2x daily now, I stir and measure 1/4 cup into a glass in the morning, add more water and chug it back. Same goes for the evening dose. In that way we get 1/2 tsp in the am and 1/2 tsp in the pm.
You can add multiple herbs to the same infusion while making it in the evening, and you can add your tinctures to the 1/4 cup before drinking am and pm.
If you want to dose 3x daily, measure out 1 and 1/4 oz (with a shot glass) of the 1/2 cup infusion in the morning, 1 and 1/4 oz of it in the afternoon, and then the rest before bed.
Houttuynia caused herx reactions for both K and myself, especially panic attacks and palpitations, when I got the dosage too high. If this happens, decrease the dosage back to the point where you aren't herxing any more and stay there for a couple of weeks before trying to increase the dosage again.
You will still be killing bacteria, but now at a rate where your body can handle the die-off.
13 yo daughter:
2010 - Dx ADHD, Tourette’s, Aspergers, motor delay, PANS/PANDAS
June 2011 - Igenex PCR positive bartonella, IND lyme. CD57 18. Positive ANA (speckled type), heterozygous A1298C MTHFR. Multiple Abx, herbals/homeopathics
April 2013 - ANA titers negative. Weaned abx. Start Buhner bartonella protocol, methylation/detox protocols, organic PerfectHealthDiet gf/cf/sf. Minimize EMF exposure
Nov 2013 – Clinical babesia diagnosis. Start Buhner babesia protocol
Sept 2014 – Symptoms 99% resolved
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